July 13, 1915 - Dec. 9, 2011
Cora Elaine Hart of Walla Walla passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 9, 2011, after a valiant battle with cancer. Her two daughters and close friends were at her side and others were sending loving thoughts from around the world.
Cora was born in White Salmon, Wash., on July 13, 1915, to Lloyd and Justa Currant. She was the third of eight daughters. The family moved from Washington to South Dakota to California. After her graduation from Narbonne High School in Los Angeles in 1932 the family moved again and settled near Springfield, Ore. On Nov. 27, 1935, she married Ery Hart( who died July 1980) and raised three children in the Springfield area. She participated in PTA and other school activities, worked many years for Alexander's Department store and attended the University of Oregon.
In 1970, she joined her daughter, Joycew, and family in the Philippines, where they lived several years. Upon their return to the U.S. the family came to Walla Walla, and Cora accepted a position as a resident director at Whitman College. Through the 16 years there she made many friends among students and colleagues. She was a member of Current Topics Study Club, AAUW Bridge, Whitman's Women's Book Group and Noisy Thursday Lunch Group. She was considered the de facto grandmother to numerous children, with special bonds to the Kers, Carsons, Drabeks and others. Known for her beautiful smile, infectious laugh, loving nature and gracious spirit, she will be greatly missed by many people whose lives she touched.
Cora is survived by son, James Hart of Springfield, Ore.; his children, Laura Dwinell, Angela (John) Stafford, and James (Jay) Hart; daughter, Joyce Fogg of Walla Walla; her children, Jeremy Fogg and Elaine (Rodney) Outlaw; daughter, Jean (John) Sandquist of Fruitland, Idaho; grandchildren, Kristen (Patrick) Calley, Kent (Tawni) Sandquist and Karl Sandquist. She is further survived by great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Cora was preceded in death by her parents and all seven of her sisters.
The memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, South Palouse and East Alder at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made in her memory to Hospice of Walla Walla, Whitman College, or to a charity of choice. XXXX